Brooks Ghost 8 vs. 7 review

Brooks Ghost 7 already provided a soft and comfortable ride to neutral runners. Brooks Ghost 8 ups the comfort in the upper and adds a bit more smoothness to your ride.

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The Brooks Ghost 8 is the updated version of the Brooks Ghost 7, which is a very popular and well-liked neutral cushioning running shoe from Brooks.

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The first thing you will notice when you look at the Brooks Ghost 8 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is that it looks slightly different compared to the Brooks Ghost 7.

This is because the Brooks Ghost 8 implements a new type of mesh to keep your foot cooler and dryer during your runs. It is slightly more open than that on the Brooks Ghost 7.

The Brooks Ghost 8 has no-sew overlays running the same way as in the upper the Brooks Ghost 7, but it has slightly more of them. The traditional stitched-on overlay that used to run from the heel and connect to the midfoot of the Brooks Ghost 7, has been replaced by a no-sew overlay.

However, there are still traditional stitched-on overlays to be found at the back and front of the Brooks Ghost 8.

All in all, the Brooks Ghost 8 should feel a little more comfortable and airy on your feet and cause less irritation points, although the Brooks Ghost 7 already did a good job with the latter.

The Brooks Ghost 7 and the Brooks Ghost 8 implement the same type of midsole, since they both have a BioMoGo midsole with Brooks DNA cushioning.

What has changed however is the crash pad. In the Brooks Ghost 7, the crash pad runs under the heel till the midfoot along the lateral side of the shoe and there is a second piece on the medial side of the shoe thereby forming a horseshoe.

In the Brooks Ghost 8, the crash pad runs from the back of the heel around the lateral side till the tip of the forefoot, so you have a full-length crash pad under the shoe. However, the medial side piece is missing.

While the crash pad in the Brooks Ghost 7 nicely joins the forefoot at the midfoot, you may experience smoother and softer transitions from the Brooks Ghost 8, because of that full-length crash pad.

While it is difficult to say which running shoe would provide you with an overall softer ride, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Ghost 7 is more cushy both in the heel and the forefoot for men.

In the women's version of the shoes, both the Brooks Ghost 8 and the Brooks Ghost 7 come close to providing the same amount of cushioning, but the Brooks Ghost 7 is slightly more cushy in the heel and the Brooks Ghost 8 slightly more cushy in the forefoot.

As far as the rubber outsole goes, both running shoes have good separation and segmentation between the rubber lugs to provide good shock absorption and dissipation.

However, the rubber lugs under the Brooks Ghost 8 are slightly smaller and squarish especially in the forefoot.

This does not make the Brooks Ghost 8 more flexible, though, because running shoe lab tests have shown that the Brooks Ghost 7 is almost twice as flexible as the Brooks Ghost 8, which turns out to be pretty stiff.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 7 for women also weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 7 for men weighs 10.3 oz (292 grams).

The Brooks Ghost 8 is an overall nice update of the Brooks Ghost 7. The decision point between the Brooks Ghost 7 and 8 could be whether you are looking for a flexible shoe or not.

If flexibility and a cushy ride is what you are after, the Brooks Ghost 7 could give you that. It is also slightly better for heel-strikers (both men and women).

The Brooks Ghost 8 is perceived to be a bit more stable than the Brooks Ghost 7, so if that is what you are after in addition to some more smoothness and comfort in your ride, then it would be worth looking into the Brooks Ghost 8.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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